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Report: Nelson Cruz passed on more lucrative Rangers offer

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10:01 AM ET 02.23 | Nelson Cruz made it clear Saturday he will not be the Rangers' designated hitter against left-handed pitching this season. Will anybody? In Baltimore, Cruz will get a chance to play the outfield regularly, which theoretically should help him retain value for the free-agent market in 2015. The financial parameters being fairly similar, Cruz valued playing the outfield more than the role about which the Rangers had discussed: "DH and occasional outfielder." Of course, there is a punch-line in there somewhere about Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. What's clear is the Rangers were still interested in him. They made a qualifying offer of $14.1 million in November. Cruz rejected it. According to two sources, they made at least one more offer to Cruz worth more than the $8 million he ultimately took. Cruz also rejected it.

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February 23, 2014  10:32 AM ET

Wish he had valued playing the outfield in 2011...




<sigh>

February 23, 2014  10:33 AM ET

how will he not be using PED's this year.. he is looking for a multiyear contract as a full time outfielder who has a good arm but isn't so good at catching. a huge PED induced season with the bat and playing average outfield at best will get it for him

February 23, 2014  11:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wish he had valued playing the outfield in 2011...

I wonder if Nelson himself has watched video from the '11 World Series?

February 23, 2014  11:41 AM ET

either way the rangers couldn't get him back to his lineup and their roster,sure Cruz would have been a plus dept in their lineup except,,,the rangers and Cruz mock themselves without any shame!!

February 23, 2014  11:44 AM ET

Cruz wanted to play in the field,rangers wanted Cruz on the bench to warmed and spend his playing time in the DH spot the whole season,knowing Cruz flaws he only wanted to increase his playing time in the area where he was weak,after all trying to get better is better than not trying!!

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February 23, 2014  05:37 PM ET

Damn. Cruz turned down 14 mil for 8? He must have really wanted to make a point.

February 23, 2014  05:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I wonder if it's as obvious to everyone else as it is to me that you're Best Policy?

Is that who that is?

February 23, 2014  05:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Damn. Cruz turned down 14 mil for 8? He must have really wanted to make a point.

He turned down $14MM for one year thinking he'd land a more lucrative long term deal elsewhere. Turns out, he was wrong. By the time he figured that out, the $14MM deal was already off the table.

February 23, 2014  06:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He turned down $14MM for one year thinking he'd land a more lucrative long term deal elsewhere. Turns out, he was wrong. By the time he figured that out, the $14MM deal was already off the table.

This may be the last year teams can get away with offering $8 million a year players the qualifying offer knowing they won't take it.

February 23, 2014  06:26 PM ET
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This may be the last year teams can get away with offering $8 million a year players the qualifying offer knowing they won't take it.

I agree. I think we'll see more guys accept qualifying offers next year.

February 23, 2014  06:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He turned down $14MM for one year thinking he'd land a more lucrative long term deal elsewhere. Turns out, he was wrong. By the time he figured that out, the $14MM deal was already off the table.

Then he was crazy thinking he'd get a huge longterm deal after his PED suspension and the way he waffled on Texas about timing his suspension.

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February 23, 2014  07:15 PM ET
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I wonder if it's as obvious to everyone else as it is to me that you're Best Policy?

I have to ask: What is your infatuation with best policy?

February 23, 2014  07:28 PM ET
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I bet he was hoping for a 2 year deal like Melky got in 2013 after he got busted. I think his one year deal is indicative of a 2014 shrinking tolerance for PED users and the outrage at the idea of losing a draft pick of any kind for a guy like that. Baltimore ultimately rolled the dice because they have a desperate need in the outfield, and they are on a path to win NOW while fighting off the big players in the AL East.

I actually like the signing for Baltimore. It should give them a little balance of power in their lineup and if nothing else proves they're in it to win it, which hasn't always been the case.

I also think Texas did well not bringing him back, though. Dude had worn out his welcome IMO.

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February 23, 2014  07:32 PM ET

Cruz is still hoping for a lucrative multi-year deal. As DH, his potential value wouldn't be as great. Of course, that hinges on him having a good year both at the plate and in the outfield to prove his worth.

I think it's a reach at best.

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February 23, 2014  10:48 PM ET
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They're feeling pretty lucky that someone else is taking the risk, and Baltimore probably feels lucky they're taking the risk at almost half the price. He'll be an upgrade over Reimold, that's for damned sure. To me it's just a question of his availability. The guy has played a full season exactly once in his career. Maybe between the two they can have one good outfielder.

Cruz will do pretty well in that lineup. He doesn't have to play every day. He'll still hit 25 HRs.

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